Insights to improve the tone of communication at home

Insights to improve the tone of communication at home

Growing up with apps and devices introduces a level of chronic stress for youth and parents alike which can result in hostility. Communication is always a two-way street in that listening is involved. For parenting tech-savvy youth, it is easy to believe that we need...
Things parents do that make their children feel insecure: Is your home a safe place?

Things parents do that make their children feel insecure: Is your home a safe place?

I attend training and community events to stay current on the scientific and clinical discoveries that help us to respond well to the stresses of cyber-connectivity and the mental and emotional impact social media has on youth and family relationships. Last Thursday I...
The top three things parents worry about and how to let them go

The top three things parents worry about and how to let them go

I recently came across a feature on Huffington Post about the top things parents worry about that truly captured the essence of the parent trap: expecting perfection from ourselves and our children. Indeed, perfection is the enemy of love. If you really want your...
Want to get your teen to put down the device and connect? Seek the hidden meaning behind your teen’s complaints

Want to get your teen to put down the device and connect? Seek the hidden meaning behind your teen’s complaints

This evening over 300 parents assembled at the Rocklin Community Center to address the things they need to know and can do to help teens deal with the stresses of modern life that if unchecked can lead to depression and suicide. The presentation was delivered by...
Helping youth respond to the ‘triple-dog-dares’ of social media

Helping youth respond to the ‘triple-dog-dares’ of social media

Peer pressure, dares and challenges are nothing new. Think about Ralphie’s younger eight-year-old brother in the movie, A Christmas Story, who found himself stuck to a frozen pole in the school yard after accepting and acting on a  “triple-dog-dare” to lick it. The...
A response to the heroin epidemic: Remove the ‘cone of silence’ at home

A response to the heroin epidemic: Remove the ‘cone of silence’ at home

Over 12 years ago when I refocused my energy away from the corporate world to better understand what it means to grow up with cyber connectivity and the new demands on parents, one of the first things I observed was the parenting culture, the network culture and the...